Thursday, 4 February 2016

The Simple Woman's Daybook | Thursday 4th Feb 2016

Outside my window ...  it's pitch black. 
I am thinking ... about the cabinets, etc, I want in the revamped kitchen.  It's been measured and I'm going to see the designs next week.  It's so small that there's not really any scope for changing the layout but I'm determined to get rid of the gloss finish cabinet doors I currently have!

I am thankful ... for the mild weather we are having. 

In the kitchen ... the cupboards are bare - it's time to restock.

I am wearing ... blue skirt and cardigan with a white blouse - I've been out for a coffee with a friend and I haven't changed my clothes yet.

I am creating ... lists, lists and more lists ... all to do with the improvements I want to do around the house and garden.

I am going ... to have an early night.  I'm suffering from the January/February blues, am not sleeping well and am tired all the time.

I am wondering ... whether it is time to change my car. The speedometer is playing up now, so it has to go back in the garage next week for that to be sorted. 

I am reading ... The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. Actually, it's a re-read for one of my book groups, which I've read a couple of times before and I'm still enjoying on my third time.  I've just finished The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer for my other book group. It wasn't at all what I was expecting but I did enjoy it and read it straight through in one sitting ... I thought the ending was too rushed and didn't match the pace of the rest of the book.
I am hoping ...  to find a daytime choir/choral group to sing with.  I'm on the waiting list for one group, but will keep looking just in case that doesn't work out.
I am looking forward to ... a trip to the Museum of London to see an exhibition of the Metropolitan Police's Crime Museum.  I'm going next weekend.
I am learning ... all about Canon camera lenses.  I'm trying to decide which one (or two!) to buy.
Around the house ...  it looks like a bomb has hit it.  There are piles of stuff in every room as I sort through and organise what is going to the charity shop next.  Most of Julie's stuff has gone now so I have access to the smallest bedroom again and will be moving in there while I have the master bedroom decorated. 
I am pondering ... whether to get Netflix.  I don't watch a lot of TV but I would like to watch some of the older series I missed and also catch up on films I've yet to see.  I had a quick look on a friend's Netflix account to see what's currently available and it is tempting.

One of my favourite things ... chili hot chocolate - my latest discovery!
A few plans for the rest of the week ...
  • Friday: teaching for a couple of hours, the rest of the time at home sorting out piles of books for disposal
  • Saturday: band practice in the morning followed by an afternoon with Julie, supporting her as she chooses her new kitchen
  • Sunday: photo walk in Castle Combe with friends
  • Monday: nothing planned
  • Tuesday: teaching in the afternoon and the book group meeting in the evening
  • Wednesday: nothing planned
  • Thursday: nothing planned
A peek into my day ... this morning was spent catching up with some paperwork for the band, followed by coffee and cake with a friend this afternoon and an evening at home doing nothing very much at all. 
A favourite quote for today ...
"Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple." Dr Seuss


  1. Lovely to catch up with you as always. Enjoy your doing nothing days! xx

  2. Hi Eileen! We got a 6 months free deal from Talk Talk for Netflix about six months ago and it has been great. I have seen lots of great films and caught up with series I didn't watch at the time. I don't watch recent films on it but they do update all the time. I am a big fan of documentaries and have seen some terrific ones. We used to have Sky (for ages) and at £21 pounds a month it was a waste of money. I don't know what Netflix will cost per month once we are off our deal but it much cheaper than Sky. It is worth it for Orange is the New Black and the wonderful House of Cards. Happy pondering! PS no adverts during programmes on Netflix.